Exciting Campus Sustainability Project!
Go to the PA Higher Ed Food Recovery Challenge
PERC is proud to be the organizing body for the Pennsylvania 
Higher Education
Food Recovery Challenge
. Working together, PERC schools can challenge each other to cut down on food waste and see benefits that range from reducing hunger to reducing campus GHG emissions.

Registration is closed to this year's Student Sustainability Symposium is closed. Hope to see you there! For more, see the event page.

PERC sponsors an event at COP-20
At the COP-20 climate change negotiations in December, PERC sponsored a side event on how countries are incorporating ethics and justice in formulating climate commitments.  For more, click here.

If you couldn't make it to PERC's Teaching About Climate Change event at Susquehanna University, you missed a lot of great ideas.  For a sampling of some of those ideas, go to the Teaching About Climate Change RECAP pages.  Click to Jump to keynote and more videosYou'll find the day's agenda and many of the presentations used that day as well as pages with both keynote addresses and a highlights video. And a page with photos from throughout the day. Check it out! 

Highlights from PERC's Fall Conference
Our keynote speaker Michael Mann was an undeniable hit during PERC's fall conference, "Engaging Sustainability", November 12th in Penn State. Michael's address, "The Hockeystick and the Climate Wars" can be seen on the event's recap page. The Daily Collegian covered the his appearance at our conference.  A reporter from Discover Magazine attended as well.  Find out more about the conference here.

Campus Sustainability Champions
 PERC is happy to announce its 2014 Campus Sustainability Champions (CSCs). CSCs are nominated by each campus in two categories: Student and non-Student. Review our 2014 CSCs here.  And congratulations to all our CSCs on the important work you are doing!

Conference Poster Session Projects
Click to download an in-depth look at the submitted projects for the poster session fpr our "Engaging Sustainability" fall conference at Penn State. You'll find a wide array of topics and authors, from undergraduate to graduate to faculty to staff and many combinations thereof. Check it out!

Cool Schools announced
Each year the Sierra Club ranks higher education institutions across the country to find America’s Dickinson College students in biofuel labgreenest colleges. PERC Member Institution Dickinson College, Carlisle, was ranked third in the country on the Sierra Club’s 2014 Cool Schools list. Notable PERC Member Schools on the list: Chatham University, Allegheny College, Villanova University, and West Chester University. Other PERC institutions in the rankings include University of Pennsylvania, Carnegie Mellon, Drexel, Slippery Rock, Temple and Lehigh. Congratulations to all!

Lycoming students Julian and Johanna with food donationsLycoming becomes latest Challenge participant 
Lycoming College has joined PERC's PA Higher Ed Food Recovery Challenge. Lycoming students learned about the Food Recovery Network at PERC's fall conference last year, formed a student chapter of FRN and officially joined the PHE-FRC this semester. Welcome!  If your campus is doing (or considering doing) Food Recovery work (composting, food donation, source reduction), join the PHE-FRC to share your results and to learn from other campuses and a network of experts.

PERC's student-run Facebook group exists to connect students from Pennsylvania's colleges and universities who are interested in working on sustainability. Search for "PERColator" on Facebook and join the group.

Working on a Sustainable Future 

Founded in 2000, PERC serves to connect people working on sustainability projects in Pennsylvania's colleges and universities; allowing them to share knowledge and take action towards a sustainable future.  We believe institutions of higher education are in a unique position to play a leadership role in bringing about that future.  With over seventy member and affiliated institutions, PERC has a long list of organizational accomplishments, including the initial development of wind power in Pennsylvania.  PERC is widely recognized as one of the leading regional sustainability in higher education organizations in the country. For a look at a portion of this year's planned events and activities, see the PERC events section of the site. For more on PERC, see the about us pages.  

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Upcoming events

17 Apr 2015 10:30 AM • Online
22 Apr 2015 • Villanova University-Connelly Cinema
29 Apr 2015 2:30 PM • Online via GoToMeeting

Go to the Making Progress conf. recap page

Julia Knight, HACC's Director of Sustainability, presenting at PERC's Making Progress Conference at Susquehanna University.

Go Leveraging Strengths Conf. recap page

Paul Morgan, West Chester University, talks about community engagement at the Leveraging Strengths Conference at Franklin & Marshall College. 

Second Nature founder Tony Cortese giving the keynote address at PERC annual meeting at Penn State University.


Conference attendees taking part in the Sustainability Cafe.







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